Before the 19th century, how many people were needed to make pipe organ play?

one
at least two
four
seven
Playing the organ before elec­tric­i­ty required at least one person (called calcant) to operate the bellows. There­fore, or­gan­ists rarely prac­ticed on the pipe organs, using other in­stru­ments such as the clavi­chord for practice instead.

Answers distribution

one
at least two
four
seven
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flagCzech Republic
7%
84%
7%
0%
13
flagSweden
8%
75%
16%
0%
12
flagNorway
18%
68%
9%
4%
22
flagFrance
15%
68%
15%
0%
19
flagthe United States
6%
67%
19%
6%
173
flagCanada
12%
66%
12%
8%
24
flagLithuania
16%
66%
8%
0%
12
flagthe Netherlands
25%
64%
10%
0%
28
flagItaly
17%
64%
0%
17%
17
flagthe United Kingdom
13%
63%
16%
6%
189
flagRepublic of Ireland
9%
63%
18%
9%
33
flagUnknown
21%
63%
15%
0%
19
flagPoland
17%
62%
14%
4%
9179
flagGermany
13%
62%
19%
4%
108
flagUkraine
0%
60%
40%
0%
10
flagIndia
5%
41%
11%
41%
17
flagAustria
20%
40%
40%
0%
10

Gender

men65%
women60%
one
14%
16%
at least two
65%
60%
four
13%
17%
seven
5%
5%

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